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    Progressing female labour force participation in Bangladesh

    Despite impressive achievements in schooling and microfinance for women, Bangladesh still has low female labour force participation. Data from rural Bangladesh suggests that strengthening agro-processing may increase female employment and productivity.  The success story of Bangladesh in advancing opportunities for women is well known. By 2015, Bangladesh became one of...

    31 Mar 2022 | Ashfaqul Chowdhury

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    Gender and public service provision: Evidence from Sierra Leone

    A field experiment in Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows how a concentration of wealth in favour of men could lead to the provision of public goods preferred by men. This implies that wealth disparity between men and women can have gendered spillover effects for political participation and the demand for public services.   In 2020, women made up 50% of the population in...

    29 Mar 2022 | Laura Montenbruck

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    The gender imbalances in Ethiopia’s dairy value chains

    Traditional gender roles that often inhibit women’s agency and access to resources also have the ability to affect their roles in employment. We study the gendered division of labour in dairy value chains in Ethiopia to examine the activities that women are involved in and how involvement differs across farms. Our results show that as dairy farms increase in size and gain...

    24 Mar 2022 | Bart Minten, Seneshaw Tamru

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    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    The Indian Constitution reserves at least 33% of seats in rural local governments for women, and Bihar is among the nine states that have opted for 50% reservation. However, women remain heavily underrepresented at the state and central levels. This note investigates how gender interacts with caste, political campaigns, and experiences of discrimination, to shape...

    21 Mar 2022 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

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    Where are African women in climate change policy?

    Climate change is not experienced equally – Africa is more vulnerable to its effects than other continents, and African women are more vulnerable than men. A key underlying factor is women’s reliance on the natural environment. This article explores how African women can be prioritised in climate change policy through gender mainstreaming, focusing particularly on the...

    17 Mar 2022 | Kezia Fortuin

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    Targeting teenagers to bridge the gender gap in education

    Achieving gender equality in education remains a distant goal in many developing countries, with the COVID-19 pandemic stalling progress on many fronts. Emerging research, however, is highlighting promising, cost-effective programmes and interventions that deserve policymaker attention.   Despite significant progress in the last 25 years on increasing girls’ literacy...

    15 Mar 2022 | Emilie Yam

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    Barriers for women in economics: A review of recent findings

    The field of economics is one of the most gender imbalanced fields in academia, skewing heavily towards men. In this blog, we focus on three inhibiting mechanisms driving these gender imbalances in the discipline, namely lack of recognition, poor work environments, and self-selection.   With only two Nobel economic prizes awarded to women (out of 89 awards) and...

    10 Mar 2022 | Ondine Berland, Oliver Harman, Ninon Moreau-Kastler

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    How cleaner cookstoves and fuels could benefit women’s health and the environment

    With lesser access to financial resources and greater domestic responsibilities, women face the brunt of the climate change crisis. In particular, women are more affected by indoor air pollution caused by unclean cookstoves or fuel. In this post, Sharma and McDonough discuss the evidence around research efforts in India to promote the uptake of cleaner alternatives for...

    7 Mar 2022 | Nikita Sharma, Siobhan McDonough

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    Closing the gender profit gap through savings and training: Evidence from Mozambique

    Access to mobile savings accounts and financial management skills can lead to improved profits and financial security of female-led micro-enterprises The ILO estimates that 78% of the world’s poor living in low-income countries are self-employed (ILO 2017). Yet female-led microenterprises often struggle with low levels of growth and rates of survival. Indeed, a...

    1 Mar 2022 | Cátia Batista, Sandra Sequeira, Pedro Vicente

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    Why is women’s empowerment key to fighting climate change?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPfdN46K1VA&t=1s You can listen to the audio recording here: IGC Admin · Why is women’s empowerment key to fighting climate change?   Evidence shows that women’s empowerment and advancing gender equality can lead to more environmentally friendly decision-making at household and national levels as countries with high...

    8 March 2022